90
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
911 tasting notes

I’m giving a bump up to the rating of this one. I keep thinking, “Ah yes, a nice caramel tea.” But no, it’s not. It’s really a great caramel tea. The smell is fantastic – thick and silky and just guh. Like those candy commercials where they have caramel flowing into caramel-colored silk? Yeah, it smells like that.

But if a tea tastes like dirty socks I’m not going to fall in love with it, silky rich smell or not. Thankfully, no dirty socks here. On the first sip of this tea I’m always reminded of Lupicia’s English Caramel because this is surprisingly unsweet. Unlike English Caramel, however, it thankfully goes nowhere near bittersweet. Instead, it’s silky (but not too heavy) straight caramel chew that somehow manages to be candy but not be sugary-sweet.

Then the sip ends and that’s where the sweet seems to really hit me – it expands in my mouth and suddenly I feel like I’ve been sucking on caramel-flavored nectar. When I had finished with my 12oz I actually felt like it had coated my mouth with a post-caramel-chew flavor/feeling.

It’s just an all around delightful tea, thus the rating bump. I think it’s a grand feat for a tea to manage such smooth, silky dessert-tea-ness, especially without sugar or milk. I’m already dreading the day I run out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
sophistre

Okay, I’m sold. I’ve been contemplating a Kusmi order for ages, for several reasons but most specifically this tea, and I think this is going to be the final nail in the coffin.

Angrboda

Hee, I went and got the biggest tin I could find. :D And I’m half way through that.

Auggy

sophistre, I know I’ve said it before, but I didn’t expect great things from Kusmi. I really think it’s because their tins are kind of gaudy. But they do lovely French-style flavored teas that I’ve really enjoyed. Well, I wasn’t big on the Bouquet of Flowers thing at all, but otherwise…
Angrboda, their tins seem so huge! Well, not the little sampler ones but the 4oz ones. I just feel that it is massive. Kind of makes me scared to order untried flavors!

__Morgana__

Totally agree on this tea. It’s the best Kusmi I’ve had so far.

gmathis

I’m just grinning at the concept of dirty-sock tea :o)

Auggy

St. Petersburg is another super-tasty one, too, but then it’s got caramel in it, too!

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sophistre

Okay, I’m sold. I’ve been contemplating a Kusmi order for ages, for several reasons but most specifically this tea, and I think this is going to be the final nail in the coffin.

Angrboda

Hee, I went and got the biggest tin I could find. :D And I’m half way through that.

Auggy

sophistre, I know I’ve said it before, but I didn’t expect great things from Kusmi. I really think it’s because their tins are kind of gaudy. But they do lovely French-style flavored teas that I’ve really enjoyed. Well, I wasn’t big on the Bouquet of Flowers thing at all, but otherwise…
Angrboda, their tins seem so huge! Well, not the little sampler ones but the 4oz ones. I just feel that it is massive. Kind of makes me scared to order untried flavors!

__Morgana__

Totally agree on this tea. It’s the best Kusmi I’ve had so far.

gmathis

I’m just grinning at the concept of dirty-sock tea :o)

Auggy

St. Petersburg is another super-tasty one, too, but then it’s got caramel in it, too!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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